|Li Keqiang Meets with General Secretary of the LPRP Central Committee and Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith
On the morning of November 30, 2022, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council met with General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith at the Great Hall of the People during his state visit to China.
Li Keqiang said that China and Laos, as friendly neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, enjoy a high degree of political mutual trust, sound mutually beneficial cooperation and friendly people-to-people exchanges. General Secretary and President Xi Jinping will hold talks with Thongloun to comprehensively promote relations between the two parties and between the two countries. China stands ready to work with Laos to maintain high-level exchanges between the two parties and between the two countries, further expand and deepen practical cooperation between China and Laos, and bring more benefits to the two countries and two peoples.
Li Keqiang noted that at the recent 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), strategic plans were laid out for building China into a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts. Under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, China is ready to work with Laos to increase exchanges on governance experience, and constantly explore the space and potential of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two parties and between the two countries. China and Laos, both developing countries, have always respected and supported each other. He expressed the hope that the two sides will do a good job in the operation and maintenance of the China-Laos Railway, improve transport efficiency and facilitation, and better leverage the role of the railway in driving the economic and social development of Laos. China is ready to import more marketable quality agricultural products from Laos, and encourages Chinese enterprises to invest and do business in Laos and expand cooperation in energy, mining, electricity and clean energy, among other fields.
Li Keqiang said that China attaches great importance to China-ASEAN relations, supports ASEAN community building and ASEAN centrality in the regional architecture, and jointly promotes regional economic development. China stands ready to work with ASEAN countries to promote the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, push for consultations on a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea, and jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.
Thongloun thanked China for its long-term and valuable support and assistance for the economic and social development of Laos, saying that Laos-China relations have continuously made new progress in recent years and practical cooperation has yielded fruitful results. Laos is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in key areas and further give full play to the driving role of the Laos-China Railway in Laos' economic and social development. He expressed the hope that the export of high-quality Lao agricultural products to China will be expanded. Laos welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in Laos and participate in the construction of major projects in the country. Laos supports the early conclusion of an effective and substantive COC to safeguard peace, stability and development in the South China Sea.